London: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari
was among individuals whose personal data was clandestinely
obtained by private investigators at the behest of a newspaper
owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch.
Nick Davies, a journalist writing for The Guardian who
has doggedly exposed the dubious news-gathering practices in
the British press, mentions that Zardari`s credit-card
statement was obtained by a private investigator for The
Davies, an award-winning journalist whose revelations led
to the current phone-hacking imbroglio, details several
instances of unethical and illegal practices on Fleet Street
in his book, `Flat Earth News`.
In a revealing chapter titled `The Dark Arts`, Davies
writes: "One investigator described being hired by the Sunday
Times to target Asif Zardari, the husband of the then Prime
Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, whose credit-card
statement he supplied so that Sunday Times reporters could
find out where he had been staying and what he had been
spending his money on."
Davies does not mention the year when Zardari was
targeted, but Zardari is known to visit Britain often.
He reportedly owns a neo-Tudor mansion in Surrey.